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May 11, 2009 03:39 PM

Fresh tofu in Philadelphia?

Does anyone have any suggestions of restaurants or shops that make their own tofu in the Philadelphia area? The only one restaurant I am familiar with is Aqua, a Malaysian restaurant at 705 Chestnut Street. I am getting addicted to their delicious fresh tofu that has a silky, custardy texture. (Try it in their mango tofu dish.) Does anyone have any other suggestions? I especially like the softer texture.

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  1. Are you sure you're not confusing two types of tofu? If it has a silky, custardy texture, it is probably 'silken' tofu, it's a different product than 'regular', firm tofu, not a fresh version of it. Of course, I haven't had the dish you're describing at Aqua, so I can't say for sure, but from what you describe it sounds like they're just using silken tofu.

    1. There's a lady in Chinatown who sells fresh warm tofu right out of the pot on weekends, from outside a shop on 10th near Race. It has the consistency you talk about. She serves it as a dessert, with ginger syrup, and it's amazing and only $1 for a pint. I'm sure you could get it without the syrup if you wanted to use it a different way.

      1. Re the tofu at Aqua, I believe they make their own. At least, that's what they say. It certainly tastes especially delicious. (Though I have had silken tofu and do like it.) As for the Chinatown lady, I'm going to look for her, thanks! That's exactly what I was looking for. (actually, the ginger dessert sounds delicious.)

        Short of that, I'm hoping to try making my own one of these days. (I recently got a soy milk maker, so that's half the battle.)

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        1. re: Hansel

          It really is great with the ginger. She usually sets up outside a place just a few doors south of Race (directly across the street from Mong Kok Station bakery). Hopefully she's still there because it's been a couple of months since I went to her.

        2. Saigon Tofu at 11th & Washington. They serve silken tofu with ginger syrup - you can get plain or pandan flavoured. (You get the ginger syrup in a separate container so you can control how sweet you want your tofu.)

          If you want fresh tofu (the firmer stuff), just ask for some, and they'll bring it out from the back. (And you will have to ask since it's not obvious they sell firm tofu other than they're a tofu house.) They also have fried tofu and a bunch of vegetarian dishes (some tofu, some fake meat, all made in-house), but none of that is the softer texture tofu you were talking about.

          1. Thank you for all these great ideas! I recently found a recipe for ginger sauce for soft tofu, but am excited to hear there are places that sell this.